Saturday, May 27th … Day21 … Day Trip, Maroon Bells, White River National Forest, Colorado
Light rain this morning, cloudy cool day ahead, decided to head out to Maroon Bells,( also in the White River National Forest) a scenic park north of here near Aspen. Beautiful drive, waterfalls, rushing streams and tall mountains. Maroon Bells is situated between two 14,000’ mountains. More than just scenic …epic! I’m sure in the later spring or fall it must be even better. Not crowded at all now, but in the summer they shuttle people in.. Not for us. We started out looking to do a loop trail about 3 miles as the Crater Lake trail(highest) is still snowed in, we got to the trail head and opted to take our chances on Crater. We are getting adjusted to the higher altitudes (we ended up at about 11,000’?) breathing is almost back to normal. Good thing because the views were “breathtaking”! (sorry, had to do it) About halfway up a hiker coming down informed us of the icy conditions and about a rescue team that was preparing to bring a body down! All righty then, we decided to just get to the snow line and head back. Then it started snowing hard, more mud, getting slick, changed our gear/clothing and continued up, snow is now beginning to cover our packs, crazy experience, pure fun. Got to the snow pack, took some photos and went back down. Near the bottom of the trail we jumped onto another one and continued on.. crystal clear streams and ponds, clouds moving in and around us, weather changing every minute up here. We may never have the opportunity to do/see things like this again, the time is now. With that said we found a pizza shop and enjoyed a well-deserved meal! On the way back we stopped at an outfitter to obtain info on other hikes. Tomorrow we will be hiking in Redstone, Co. where we will acquire a red stone for Sawyer and Dinner in Marble, Co. ….stay tuned-stay in touch….
Along the way .....
More hiking in Colorado tomorrow!